The best (and worst) moments of the 2012 Grammys

There’s a lot to talk this morning about if you watched the 2012 Grammys! From Adele's total domination to the whacky performances (What exactly was going on with Nicki Minaj?) to Jennifer Hudson's moving the tribute to Whitney Houston--music’s biggest night had a lot of hits and a few misses.

Latino star Bruno Mars took the stage at the start of the show, Super Bowl winner Victor Cruz of the New York Giants did a little salsa and Marc Anthony presented an award alongside Fergie!


Bruno Mars opening: The Puerto Rican cutie opened the show in a big way. His poufed up hair, dance moves and gold blowtie and blazer all paid tribute to 50s pop. He started the show with an upbeat performance for an audience still in shock over Whitney Houston’s death and he gave a shout-out to her mid performance, asking people to celebrate her life by having fun.

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Victor Cruz salsa dance: Another new perk of winning the Super Bowl was Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and his teammate Mario Manningham were given seats to the awards ceremony. Then they took the stage to present with Paulay Perette of NCIS, who asked Victor Cruz to share his favorite dance--without a word, the Puerto Rican player salsa'd his way into everyone's heart.

Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston: They didn’t have a lot of time to prepare but getting Jennifer Hudson to perform the Whitney Houston’s famous song “I Will Always Love You” in homage to the late diva was one of the night’s shining moments.

Read more ¿Qué más? Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan react to news of Whitney Houston's death.

Marc Anthony presented: Along with Fergie, Jennifer Lopez’s ex presented the Grammy for “Best Rap Performance”, which went to Kanye West and Jay-Z for “Otis”. Both artists were missing and Marc and Fergie accepted on their behalf. He seemed a little nervous but looked good in his unbuttoned white shirt and classic black suit.

Adele won everything with Foo Fighters 2nd: Just as everyone had predicted, Adele swept the Grammys with 6 trophies including the top honors of the night, winning album of the year for 21 and record of the year for “Rolling in the Deep”. She also gave her first post-surgery performance with a powerful vocal performance of her winning song. Meanwhile, Foo Fighters took home 5 trophies, including best rock performance for “Walk”.

Etta James was missing from In Memoriam video: What happened here? After a beautiful performance of her “Sunday Kind of Love” by Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt, when it came time to show the In Memoriam video she was noticeably missing. So was Soul Train host Don Cornelius. After they showed Steve Jobs as a “digital music pioneer”, how could they miss two of music’s biggest stars? This felt strange despite the tributes that happened earlier in the night.

Read more ¿Qué más? RIP Don Cornelius and thank you for bringing Rosie Perez--and other Latinos--to ‘Soul Train’ (VIDEOS).

Nicki Minaj did an on-stage exorcism: I have to admit, I wasn't offended by her show performance of “Roman Holiday” done as a live exorcism which began with a video tribute to show us that she has a demon inside her. What I do mind, however, is that it felt like she was just itching to capture the next day’s headlines. It may have been the night’s most out there performance but it still didn’t feel very special.

What did you think of Grammys 2012? What were your favorite moments and favorite wins of the night?

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